Blog Posts by Jonathan Parnell
Are We Passionate for People?
How exactly does God comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain.Continue Reading
What Ferguson Has Done for One White Family
We’ve been discussing these things as a family for the last couple of weeks, and after lifting our hands in the air and asking “What can we do?,” it has become clear to us, at least for us, that the way forward is small.Continue Reading
Blessings Beyond Our Dreams
If we’re not careful, we’ll make the mistake of thinking that God’s real blessing is found in our giftedness, in what we’re able to build and where we’re able to go. But that’s not true.Continue Reading
The Sin in Our Cynicism
If we’re going to wrap our heads around cynicism (or loose its fangs from our heart), we need to start by understanding it’s a symptom of a greater disease. Cynicism, problematic as it is, presents itself more as the emblem of a wider epidemic.Continue Reading
Do You Love Your Enemies Enough to Hate Them?
Expounding Jesus’s love command, John Piper writes that we cannot claim to truly love someone while being indifferent toward what destroys them. If we love our enemies, then we must hate the evil of our enemies that makes them so.Continue Reading
God Works Wonders
God doesn’t have to take you where he does. He sees you. He hears you. He could say one word and you’d know it. But he doesn’t, and it must be because there’s something glorious that happens in those moments of our waiting.Continue Reading
What Is a Disciple?
What does it actually mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what that is.Continue Reading
Worship in the Dark
Sometimes the weight of our trials are so severe that we feel as if we can’t keep our heads above the water. The pain is so vicious, the malaise so thick, that we can’t imagine our situation ever changing. We can’t see healing. We can’t articulate hope. And when we try, it just hurts more.Continue Reading
Keep Praying That Prayer
My six-year-old daughter prays for her teddy bear to talk, and I haven’t told her to stop.
Do I think God will answer her prayer? No, I do not — I mean, I don’t think the bear will talk. But…Continue Reading
You Can’t Buy Happiness
Restlessness isn’t the real problem.
Cultures that crack the whip for more bricks, like the ancient Egypt who held Israel captive, are in it for more than the work. The ceaseless labor — the lack of rest — is only…Continue Reading
That Angry Gentleman at the Restaurant
She sat there docile, quiet, unmoved by the heat that emanated from this gentlemen’s red forehead. “What is the story here?,” I wondered. Others might have wondered the same. More patrons were watching by then. Quite the scene was forming, though it was nothing yet compared to what it would be.Continue Reading
Rest Because You Can
At night when we go to bed, on a whole day when we pause our projects, in a season of vacation or Sabbatical, our stopping work is our saying “Enough!” to the merry-go-round. We don’t have to ride this thing. There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God (Hebrews 4:9–10).Continue Reading
When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs
What if, counter-conventional as it might seem, the greatest felt gains for unborn humans will come by the abortion industry’s self-destruction?Continue Reading
Be the Opposite of a Hypocrite
Knowledge doesn’t terminate on the knower. We don’t learn in order to conceal, just like a lamp isn’t lit to be put under a basket (Matthew 5:15). We learn in order to express — to lead others in seeing and…Continue Reading
Putting Your City in Its Place
A few years ago, before starting a routine read through the Book of Acts, I picked up a green colored pencil to highlight every mention of cities and regions I might come across. Each occurrence of a geographical name was…Continue Reading
When the Prospect of Pain Threatens Our Pleasure
The problem might go something like this.
My family and I were sitting around the dinner table, and one of the kids said something funny. I can’t remember exactly what was said, but we were all laughing, all six of…Continue Reading
The Deep Joy of Self-Denial
Jesus gives us commands — “demands,” we might call them. They are words issued to us from his comprehensive authority in all of heaven and earth, all linked together in some way, forming a beautiful tapestry of what it means…Continue Reading
Would You Tackle the Gunman?
On Thursday, June 5, shortly after 3:30 in the afternoon, inside a building on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a student named Jon Meis pepper-sprayed a stranger and tackled him to the floor.
An unknown gunman had opened fire…Continue Reading
Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood (New eBook)
Christian complementarity is the conviction that God created men and women as his image-bearers — equal in dignity and distinct in role.
Contrary to popular opinion, the Scripture’s distinctive roles for men and women are not the cultural fads of…Continue Reading
Strengthen Your Faith Through Physical Exercise
Both bodies and souls are important to the Christian.
We know that God created humans with these two interconnected parts, and that the health (or sickness) of one can influence the health (or sickness) of the other. God made us…Continue Reading
Finding Heaven Through the Haze
Every Christian does the work of ministry. Whether great or small, experienced or new, vocational or not — every Christian has some kind of ministry given them from God.
We all have a calling on our lives, in varying capacities,…Continue Reading
God Will Give You Everything You Need
Jesus wants us to live an anxiety-free life.
He says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
“All these things” include what we eat and drink…Continue Reading
What Our Anger Is Telling Us
A Dialogue on Our Design
Oprah asked Rob Bell about God.
In a video interview, as part of a new daytime series on her own network, she posed the question, What is your definition of God? — to which he naturally replied,
Like a song…